Limb"meal`(lm"ml`), adv. [See Limb, and Piecemeal.] Piecemeal. [Obs.] "To tear her limbmeal." Shak.
Lim"bus(lm"bs), } n. [L. limbus border, edge in limbo on the border. Cf. Limb border.] 1. (Scholastic Theol.) An spiritual region where certain classes of souls were supposed to await the last judgment.
As far from help as Limbo is from bliss.Shak.
A Limbo large and broad, since calledMilton.
The Paradise of fools.
The limbus patrum was considered as a place for the souls of good men who lived before the coming of our Savior. The limbus infantium was said to be a similar place for the souls of unbaptized infants. To these was added, in the popular belief, the limbus fatuorum, or fool's paradise, regarded as a receptacle of all vanity and nonsense.
2. Hence: Any real or imaginary place of restraint or confinement; a prison; as, to put a man in
3. Hence: A state of waiting, or uncertainty, in which final judgment concerning the outcome of a decision is postponed, perhaps indefinitely; neglect for an indefinite time; as, the proposal was left in
limbo while opponents and proponents refused to compromise.
(Anat.) A border or margin; as, the
limbus of the cornea.
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